It’s probably no surprise that when we scoured surveys of people’s favorite rooms, their bathrooms didn’t top the list. Most people want their bathrooms sparkling clean with a spa-like feel, but that can be a challenge with this utilitarian space. Whether you’re planning on selling or staying put, here are several tips to transform your blah bathroom into the oasis you’ve always wanted.
Clean and caulk. Clean all bathroom surfaces until they are free of mildew, soap scum, and other residue. (Tip: Vinegar is an excellent multipurpose product for removing buildup.) If the caulk around your sink, bath, or toilet is stained or torn, remove it and re-caulk. It’s time-consuming, but that sparkling shine makes a huge difference.
Get creative with storage. Most of us use a variety of products in our bathrooms. All these items can be unsightly and create a cluttered look. Hide these items in plain sight by stashing them in decorative lidded boxes and baskets. Matching containers for liquid soap, cotton balls, and other items create a cohesive look.
Make small updates for big impact. If your bathroom could use an update, but you’re not looking to renovate, try these small upgrades for major impact. A fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive option. Changing out fixtures such as towel bars, faucets and knobs, or cabinet hardware can go a long way toward giving your bathroom a new look. And don’t forget about lights and mirrors. A beautiful light fixture can add much needed illumination and ambience, and framing or replacing a builder-grade mirror is a simple way to upgrade.
Set the scene with scent. In a bathroom, scent is crucial when going for that oasis-like vibe. Plumbing can collect odor-producing residue, so you’ll want to clean those drains. If you use a room spray, choose one that deodorizes. For those opposed to sprays, try a jar of bath salts or a small arrangement of aromatic candles but don’t go overboard. A little goes a long way here.
Splurge a little. Pamper yourself and your guests with a few spa-level accessories. Plush, white towels, specialty soaps and a gorgeous houseplant all evoke that spa atmosphere.